Neural Dynamics of Visual Cognition Group
Before joining the lab in May 2019 as a PhD candidate, I studied Cognitive Science at the University of Osnabrück with a focus on Cognitive Neuroscience / Cognitive Neuropsychology. In my research I am interested in the topography of higher level visual cortex. Previous research has shown, that the core regions responsible for the recognition of objects are organised in a hierarchical fashion in the so-called ventral visual stream. However, how exactly these areas represent objects remains ill understood. While topography (how neurons are arranged on the cortical sheet) is relatively well understood in lower and mid-level visual areas, specificity (what aspects of the visual information do neurons respond to) is not. This pattern is reversed for higher visual areas, i.e. specificity is well defined but topography is not well understood. During the main project of my PhD I aim to further deepen this understanding using a combination of fMRI and Deep Neural Networks (DNNs).
I am additionally interested in the effects of eye movements on EEG data (i.e. MVPA) and try to make my research open and reproducible by adopting open science practices. I am supported by the Einstein Center for Neurosciences and the Berlin School of Mind and Brain.
In my free time I am into weight lifting, environmental sustainability and reading lots of books while hanging out with my cats.